I've been shooting with a Praktiflex FX for years so things like fiddly knob winds, mirror blackout, and pre-set lenses seem pretty natural to me - I found shooting with the little Exa to be quite enjoyable and it is a fun camera to handle... once you stop trying to push the non-existent shutter button on the right side of the camera body. Here it is fitted with a Sigma Widemax 28mm lens from an obviously later era. It has an auto aperture feature which is obviously the greatest thing ever for quick shooting. I actually got the wide angle for the Exa because I had gone to a comic convention and thought it'd be great to have a wide angle on the Exa to get candid shots of people in costumes. The exa is very quiet because it lacks a focal plane shutter and instant mirror return. Also it is very small and can be used with a waist level finder, as picture above. So it seems like a good choice for candid photography. Here it is with the standard Meritar 50mm f2.9 lens. Pre-set, none of that complicated auto diaphragm nonsense. Also showing a late model prism finder (with interchangeable screens!). I've read a lot of guff about the Meritar, but I've found it be a pleasant vintage lens. It is slightly soft, and soft in contrast, and prone to flare (as all triplets seem to be) - but it gives a pleasing "natural" quality to the images, and the "boke" produced at intermediate apertures is quite smooth and pleasing too. Anyway general random notes for those of you who have not seen one before: *The Exa uses a metal sector shutter, sometimes refered to as a barrel shutter. So the speeds are limited to 1/25 to 1/150 +B. So having a fast lens which stops down to f22 is a good idea. *Like the Exaktas of the time there is neither an internally operated auto-diaphragm for the lenses, nor an instant mirror return. *The worst part though is the non-self-reseting exposure counter. Which is awkwardly located on the camera in such a way as to be nearly impossible to reset - and you practically have to grind the prints off your finger tips to get it to change. *Mirror slap is a big problem that is rarely mentioned with the Exa. The mirror itself forms part of the shutter. When the mirror begins to go up, the exposure starts immediately. So when the mirror slaps, the exposure is right in the middle of taking place. You have to have a good grip or a tripod to get sharp pictures. I made a short video that shows how the shutter works in part: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_t5Fw7_Njg Also I ramble about the praktiflex for a little while, in case anybody is still further curious. Anyway photos in the next post.